Fla. teen kills father to protect mom, police say

Police cars outside of the home where the shooting took place

(CBS/WTSP) ANTIOCH, Fla. - Police say a teenager fatally shot his father in an attempt to defend his mother around 10p.m. Saturday, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says police received a call about a shooting at a mobile home on Burnt Barn Avenue in Plant City, Fla. When deputies arrived, they found 36-year-old Christopher Thorpe dead in the master bedroom, WTSP reports.

Investigators say the shooting appears to be the result of a fight between Christopher and his wife, Jill.

A verbal argument reportedly turned physical as deputies say Thorpe began beating his wife in the master bedroom. As Thorpe strangled her, their 17-year old son rushed in, armed with a handgun. He allegedly fired several shots, hitting Thorpe.

The mother was also shot in the thigh and is being treated at a nearby hospital, according to WTSP.

Police have not arrested the teen and he remains in the custody of his mother.


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